Born in Boynton Beach to early settlers Harry Benson (1885-1951) and Beatrice Stephens Benson (1887-1942), Benson worked as Supervisor of Waterworks in Boynton and Boca, manager of Hypoluxo Marine, and as a marine mechanic. He also served in several positions in Boynton Beach's government, including City Clerk (1946), South Lake Worth Inlet Commission, and City Council (1948). He married Betty Jane Richter (1887-1842) in 1911.
Interviewed by Caryn Neumann on 26 June 1992. A wide number of topics discussed briefly, including the location and operation of the Benson Dairy Farm; the Night Owl nightclub; the 1928 Hurricane; education at Boynton High School; and the life of his father, Harry Benson. Also mentions of his marine repair career and political positions.
00:40 Father, Harry Benson's experiences in Boynton
04:00 Sister Dorthea Benson Clarke, vocalist
05:13 Growing up in Boynton
08:50 Quality of education at Boynton High, Professor Williamson
12:35 Benson Dairy Farm
14:30 Career, supervisor of waterworks
15:13 WWII Navy jobs: repair unit in California
16:00 Wife, Betty, children
18:55 Alcohol during Prohibition: smuggling, stills, nightclub The Night Owl
22:15 Political activities: City Council c. 1946, Clerk, South Lake Worth Inlet Commission
26:11 Career as boat caretaker
27:22 Volunteer fire department and American LaFrance engine
30:35 Holidays: Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas
32:40 Seminole Indians
33:25 1928 Hurricane
37:20 1947 Hurricane
40:25 1926 Hurricane
42:30 Changes in Boynton: too big
46:10 Mott Partin, ice delivery
00:10 Dairy farm
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